Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DDW Pic 413. Expedition Everest - Panorama

Expedition Everest - Panorama
This panorama was taken a few weeks ago from one of my favorite spots in any Walt Disney World park. I was in the lower seating area for the Flame Tree Barbecue at Animal Kingdom. This spot is a hidden gem that many guests don't know about. In addition to the breathtaking view, it is usually a pretty quiet spot to get away from the large crowds. This view of the tallest mountain in all of Florida highlights Disney's use of forced perspective. First off, Expedition Everest is just under 200 feet tall. The main reason they don't build above that height is that a flashing red beacon would be required for aircraft avoidance. What many guests also don't realize is that we aren't looking a replica of the real Everest.  It does represent the Himalayas but the snowcapped peaks in the foreground are atop the "Forbidden Mountain," which is part of the fictional story created for the attraction. However, the barren peak on the right actually does depict Mount Everest in the distance. The reason that it isn't snow capped is because the winds are typically so strong on the 29,000 foot summit that snow just blows right off!

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